Monday, October 11, 2010

Cookie sheet magnet center

First of all, I am probably one of the worst people to come up with cute and fun names for crafts. I'm the person who puts 'thing-y' after the exact name of projects. For example, I was going to call this project "the cookie sheet and bottle cap magnet thing-y."  So, with that lovely disclaimer, here is the fun project I worked on for my friends birthday.

Craft paper (scrap booking paper is what I used...I just love all the gorgeous designs...but I'm not a scrap-booker)
Paint, color of your choosing
1 small cookie sheet (Dollar Store)
Ribbon (scraps I had on hand)
bottle caps (for some reason I saved these for several years, just knowing I'd find something fantastic to do with them.)

Mod Podge
I used "Dimensional" something-or-other by Mod Podge, but I belief the original tutorial I read for this called for hindsight, I think next time I'll try the resin...I got a lot of bubbles in the dimensional magic stuff.

Jewels/gems, glitter, charms, beads or whatever else you would want to stick in your bottle caps to decorate them.

I tried to pound some of the bottle caps flat...that was kind of a bust, so I recommend just leaving them 'as is'.
I painted the backs of them green....which I had on hand. They needed a couple coats.

Once they were painted, I used a 3/4" hole punch and punched out some circles from my craft paper. I used Gorilla Glue to secure them, but, hot glue or mod podge would probably work just as well. After I was done, I kind of wish I had used Mod Podge because not sealing the paper gave it a look through the clear dimensional magic that made it look a little wet. I was probably the only one who could tell.

After the backgrounds were in, I places my charms.

Once I was done placing my charms, I filled the caps with the dimensional magic liquid. I had to pop a few bubbles with a tooth pick. Some of them dried with big empty parts where the charms were so, next time I am going to try it with resin and see if I get a better result.

Once I was done with the caps, I left them to dry and moved on to the cookie sheet. I simply cut a piece of scrap book paper slightly smaller than the back of the sheet and mod podged the back to adhere it to the back of the sheet. I drilled pounded holes into the top of the cookie sheet to run my ribbon through. I had a tough time with this. If anyone has better ideas on how to do this, I would love suggestions.
I added some burlap and buttons for decorations and waited for my caps to dry.
Once the caps were dry I glued magnets to the back with Gorilla Glue (the magnet strip I bought at Hobby Lobby was pretty weak so I had to raid my fridge for yucky magnets that had a strong grip, note to self: buy stronger magnets next time).

I thought I took a picture of the whole thing finished and I didn' to get in that "blogger" frame of mind!!! This was a fun and easy project that will probably be a definite Christmas gift idea!

I wish you all fun crafting and many blessings through the Lord!

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